Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.4

October 23, 2003


At a glance

Nicholas Lauzon-Timm, a June 03 graduate in Design Art, had an illustration published in enRoute magazine, Air Canada’s beautiful and well-travelled in-flight magazine. Nicholas won a competition to illustrate the winning entries of the CBC Literary Awards, which carried a $500 cash prize. He was recommended by his professor, Rhona Richman Kenneally. Nicholas is now in the architecture program at the Université de Montréal.

Ted Stathopoulos (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies), was invited to be keynote speaker at the 11th International Conference on Wind Engineering, which took place at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, on June 2-5. His lecture was entitled “Wind Engineering Research into Practice.” In addition, he was elected as America’s Regional Representative in the General Assembly and the Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) for a four-year term (2003-07).

Michael Kenneally has been named honorary consul-general for Ireland in Montreal. He teaches in the English Department, and is the founding executive director of the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, based at Concordia.

Norma Joseph (Religion) led two workshops at Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness: A Call to Action, the first conference on domestic abuse in the Jewish community, which took place in July in Baltimore, Maryland under the sponsorship of Jewish Women International (JWI) and others. She and Sonia Zylberberg, a doctoral student in Religion, will present papers at the Fall 2003 Conference of the National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section. Dr. Joseph will be presenting a paper on the feminist perspective on texts, and Ms. Zylberberg one called “Changes in Language, Learning, and Ritual.”

Maurice Charland (Communication Studies) and co-author Michael Dorland of Carleton University (PhD Concordia, 1992) won the G. J. Robinson prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Communication Association for the best new Canadian book in Communication Studies, for their Law, Rhetoric, and Irony in the Formation of Canadian Civil Culture (U Toronto Press, 2002). Charland also participated in the conference Rhétoriques et droits: Vérité et réconciliation après l’apartheid, held in June at the Collège de France and l'École normale supérieure, under the auspices of the Académie française and the Conseil national de recherche scientifique.

Ronald Mackay has retired from TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), but he continues his second career. He has co-edited a special issue of an international journal Agricultural Systems. The issue is called “Learning for the Future: Innovative Approaches to Evaluating Agricultural Research and Development.”

Gad Saad (Marketing) has been offered a single-authored book deal with Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA), one of the most prestigious academic publishers in the United States in the fields of psychology and consumer behaviour. The book is tentatively entitled Applications of Evolutionary Psychology in Consumer Behavior.

Paul Allen (Theology) was invited to a research conference in September on Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action. It was held at the Vatican Observatory in the papal palace in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The conference evaluated six previous conferences and research volumes on this topic over the past 15 years.

Ira Robinson (Religion) has been appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of “Celebrate 350,” the official commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the American Jewish community (1654-2004).

Efie Gavaki (Sociology/Anthropology) spent April and May on a Visiting Fellowship in Australia. She presented papers at LaTrobe University (Melbourne), Flinders University (Adelaide), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne), ACT University (Canberra), the University of New South Wales (Sydney) and at the Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Indigenous Affairs, in Brisbane. Her topics were the maintenance and transmission of ethnic identity in Canada, portraits of immigrant women, and Canadian immigration and multicultural policies.

Dennis Murphy, Executive Director, Communications, gave three invited talks at professional associations, including the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (London, Ont.), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Washington, D.C.), and the International Institute of Advanced Studies (Baden-Baden, Germany). He spoke about “Freedom of Speech in the Global Village: Real Education for the Real World.”